What a day! Another Rockin’ Wedding!

Michelle and Tom said ‘I do’ today!  What  a wonderful day!

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A Day For Love! Congratulations Chris and Ugene!

Today Chris and Eugene tied the knot at a sweet and intimate ceremony at Hillside Community Church!  Congratulations you too!  More to come!

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Kristen and Ryan! A Wedding at the Society Room in Hartford CT

I recently had the great pleasure of being on hand to photograph one of the most gorgeous weddings I’ve ever witnessed. The beauty of course came from the beautiful setting and the sparkling bride. It also came from the love and adoration that Kristen and Ryan share. In my profession I have the honor of seeing many couples in love. Some stand above the crowd as these two do. It surely is a sweet, sweet affection. Simply breath taking.

I began with Kristen as she prepared for her day.
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Later I joined Ryan and his guys as they finished their preperations.
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Then we sprinted back over to Kristen as she put on the finishing touches.  Her style is just to die for!  Check out THESE SHOES!
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But then came one of my favorite moments of the day… the dress.  I think it must have been Kristen’s favorite moment too.
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The ceremony was beautiful of course!
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Ryan, what a sweetheart.  He had us ALL crying!
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I think these might be the most stunning formal photos I’ve ever had the opportunity to capture.
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Another fine wedding.  Thank you Kristen and Ryan for sharing your day with me and thank you to LaViera Photography for letting me serve them as Lead Photographer.  If you loved these photos let me know by clicking the little like button just below.  Thanks a bunch!

Society Room Wedding! What An Experience!

This weekend I had the privilege of shooting or LaViera Photography again!  I’m blessed to cover all of their Connecticut and Massachusetts weddings.  Fantastic little company to work for.  My wedding this weekend took place at the Society Room in Hartford.  Can we say… GORGEOUS!  Can we also say… CHALLENGING?  This wedding stretched my skills further than they’ve been stretched in a long time.  I am grateful for that.

This place used to be a bank.  Not like the banks they make today but the banks they may back in the day with ornate and beautiful… EVERYTHING!  The vault is still there and it is the perfect little nook for some absolutely out of this world photos.  Here is just ONE that I captured!

A First! A wedding in the SNOW!

I can now say YES! I’ve shot a wedding in the snow.  Ok so the ceremony was indoors.  BUT WE WENT OUTSIDE!  I can’t wait to share more.

Mark and Danielle… Married!

What can be said about this absolutely fabulous wedding? I am very blessed to be able to photograph weddings as a Lead Photographer with LaViera Photography! It was a gorgeous day in a gorgeous castle like setting at Bill Miller’s Castle in Branford Connecticut. I absolutely loved the rustic feel of our surroundings. I also particularly enjoyed Mark and Danielle. What a fun loving couple they are! It was an absolute blast capturing their wedding day story. Enjoy!

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Thank you tremendously for letting me share in your special day.

2nd Shooting Fun!

Imagine this, you get to go out and do what you LOVE!  You get to do it with a rockin’ friend that you adore.  You get paid for it! AND you have almost zero pressure to perform freeing you up to be a bit more creative.  All while having the opportunity to observe another pro and perhaps learn a new trick or two!  What could be better right?  That’s what I recently got to do with Jinellys from LaViera Photograhy.  I work for LaViera quite often these days mostly as the primary photographer.  But on this day I got to play assistant.  I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed creating them!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! I hope you are having a great week!!

The Wedding Day Hangover! | Jess and Joe’s Wedding, Elizabeth Park in Hartford

I awoke this morning with a swift kick to the back. My eyes were slow to open. I was more than groggy. I was confused and disoriented. “Where am I anyway? I thought to myself.  Just a moment before I was lost in some deep dream. In my dream a former world collided with my current world. I was younger and away from home. I was in college though it wasn’t any college I have ever actually attended.  I was photographing a wedding. It was very surreal which I suppose is appropriate as it was a dream.  I was so deep in that dream that when I was jostled awake it took me a long time to really understand where I was, even who I am.

As the real world came into focus I realized that I was indeed in my own bed. That I am no college student any more but a wife and a mother.  Why am I being somewhat rudely pulled into wakefulness? Because my sweet baby girl, who uncharacteristically decided her crib was beneath her the evening before, was grumbling herself awake.  The leap from her own dream land was catapulted by just one thing. Her stomach.  She was on a quest to let me know just how hungry she was and that I was to feed her immediately.  Nothing like a pushy girl huh?

I peaked an eye at the clock. Just after 6:30am. It immediately brought back a conversation I had with another woman night before who will someday be a mother but hasn’t found herself in that part of life just yet.  She was lamenting the fact that she couldn’t sleep in today because she needed to have a tire for her car repaired. I laughed and asked her how early she would need to get up. “8 o’clock” she replied. 8 o’clock? My goodness if my eyes do not see the light of day until 7am I am thrilled!

So here it was, 6:40 am and I am up! I begin to lift my body from the mattress and it is in that moment it hits me. I feel like I’ve been involved in a train wreck. Every muscle groans.  My head is fuzzy and it aches. I feel hung over. I take stalk for a moment. What did I do last night? It’s been at least 8 or 9 years since I drank enough to be hung over at least from alcohol.  No this was not the result of a drinking binge. This is a wedding hangover. That’s right. Last night was a wedding night for me. I spent hours on my feet crouching and even crawling in the grass. I had lifted furniture out of the way and at times even climbed on it. All of this while hoisting a camera and lens that weighs nearly as much as a small child.  Or at least by the end of the evening is sure feels like it does.  I never ate a proper dinner and I only had one glass of water during the entire evening.  I am dehydrated.

But there is my sweet baby girl. Ready to start her day. And therefore so am I. I take a moment to count my blessings. I may feel like I was hit by a bus but I’ve made myself a career that affords me the luxury of spending almost every moment with my family.  Yep, the aches and pains are worth it for sure.  There is just one thing, what will I do next year when I am scheduled to shoot two weddings in one weekend?  I might just keel over.  Maybe I should hit the gym!

I can’t say happy Monday without a little sneak peak of this weekend’s events!  Congratulations Jessica and Joe!  Maybe you have a long and happy life!

 

 

 

Christine and Vinny! MARRIED! Delmar Hotel, Greenwhich CT

Christine and Vinny!  What can I say! They are just an absolutely fabulous couple.  Their wedding day was absolute perfection.  Christine was your model Zen bride.  She was cool, calm, and collected.  So much so that she began her day with her own personal yoga session.  Nothing riles and why should it? She was marrying the man of her dream.

Vinny was a doll of a groom.  He and his groomsmen reminded me of something straight from the movie The God Father.  TRUE Italians.  They sounded as if they hailed from Brooklyn though he insisted they were from central Connecticut!  How funny!  He too was the picture of calm.  Happiness just permeated from this guy!  So much that even his eyes twinkled.  And what gorgeous eyes he has!

This ceremony was quite unique.  It will be one for the ages.  To begin, it lasted a short and sweet four minutes.  I swear that must be a record!  Never have I had to work so fast in all of my days as a wedding photographer.  They chose a civil ceremony in a very delightful and cozy room at the Delmar Hotel in Greenwich Harbor.  I loved the close and intimate flair.    I have to say that that things in the ceremony were extremely close.  I’ve never worked in such a tight space.  I spoke with the justice of the peace before the ceremony began.  He suggested I stand more or less quite literally right next to him.  I much prefer to be extremely obtuse.  I’m not there to be a part of the wedding but to capture the story of the day.  My favorite complement is when someone tells me that they didn’t even realize I was there.  However once the ceremony began I realized I had absolutely positively no choice.  There was no other place for me to be.  So I did as he offered.

 

The reception was an absolutely fantastic party!  I just can’t help but share a few!

I’ll leave you with this last image! It is a shot of Vinny and his mother.  I just love this moment.  Maybe it is because I am a sappy momma of two boys myself.  It is just so sweet!

Thank you Christine and Vinny!  And thank you LaViera Photography for another great wedding.  Have a fantastic week everyone!

 

Joanna & Corey… Married! Cascade, Hamden CT

July was a busy month! I have another wedding to share! The beautiful ceremony of Joanna and Corey!  I teamed up with LaViera Photography once again for this event! Joanna was gorgeous! Corey was dapper! And the wedding party was a load of laughs.  I hope you enjoy the photos!

Joanna’s style is very sweet, elegant and sophisticated.  I loved the details of her dress.  Her shoes were simple and sweet.  Being the practical gal that she is she confessed she had worn them to another event a few months back! What a smart girl!

Joanna was a dream to photograph.  She seemed relaxed and at ease with my camera.  The light was delicious!  I simply documented who she was and what she was doing at that very moment!  Gorgeous!

The ceremony was divine! A traditional Catholic experience in a beautiful contemporary church.  It seemed to suit them well!

The reception was probably the best part of the whole day.  I always say a couple makes or breaks the party! The more into it they are! The more out and about they are! The more the couple parties the more everyone else does too!  Joanna and Corey know how to party! Thank you guys for having me be a part of your special day!  Congratulations!

 

 

 

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